I'm glad that I started playing picc in high school. For one, it got me hired for more weddings, and made those weddings more comfortable to play. Second, it made me a better picc player sooner. I didn't stop practicing the big horns. In fact, I don't really practice picc other than to pick it up and play every few days. Even a scale or an etude is fine to keep my chops up on it. But....I do wish that my teacher at the time, who is principal of a big orchestra, would have told me not to play the B'burg rather than encourage me to do so. That would have saved a lot of hassle. After talking to Ray Mase and Chris Gekker about it, I don't play picc for auditions unless it's called for. Also, I don't program anything strenous on recital for picc. Most recitals I like to stick to Bb/C trpts and maybe Eb or flugel. Staying away from picc improves my endurance and allows for me to change more smootly between pieces.